The Boston Celtics already have one of the kings of clutch in Kyrie Irving, who hit the game-winner in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Veteran big man Al Horford is also low-key clutch, but it's often overlooked because he's not really the guy you dump the ball to when you absolutely need a bucket.
But did we expect Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to be THIS good? This fast?
This series in "clutch" situations (4th quarter or OT w/ <5 minutes and score within 5)— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) May 6, 2018
Al Horford - 5.5 points / 50% shooting
Jayson Tatum - 5.5 points / 66.7% shooting
Jaylen Brown - 4.0 points / 50% shooting
Terry Rozier - 3.5 points / 75% shooting
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Obviously, the focus is a bit more on Tatum and Brown because they're the more natural scorers with the necessary size and handles to create their own shot or get to the basket.
But how can we forget about Terry Rozier?! Come on!
In this year's postseason, aside from LeBron James, Tatum and Brown are statistically the most clutch players still standing in terms of field goals made. Obviously, there's something to be said about that because the Warriors and Rockets haven't really faced stiff competition that forced them into such situations, but it's still important to note because the Celtics are still standing.
According to the "clutch traditional" statistic, which records a player's minutes in clutch situation and focuses on scoring, rebounding and defense (steals and blocks), Tatum is averaging 3.5 points and Brown is averaging 2.3 points in those minutes. LeBron is leading the way with 4.6 for some perspective.
Three of the five games between the Celtics and 76ers went in to clutch time (game within 5 points in the last 5 minutes of 4th qtr or OT) and the Celtics won all three. pic.twitter.com/CxY9iqkHNN— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2018
As for Rozier, he's second behind LeBron with 4.0 points in clutch minutes and is tied with Brown in field goals made. Just as impressive, but don't forget Rozier is 24 while Brown is 21 and Tatum is 20. Not taking anything away from Rozier, who has been electrifying, but the emergence of Tatum and Brown is unrivaled.
Get ready for a TIGHT Eastern Conference Finals, everyone, no matter what they try to tell you.